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Nov 8, 2019, 3:54:00 PM

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The NHL is shaping up to provide some serious action this season. The big teams and players are performing and the hits seem harder than ever. If you want to follow the NHL markets properly, then there is only one place to be. Here at Sportsbet, we provide the best market and the most competitive odds. Make sure that you do not miss out on any NHL action this season by following it with us at Sportsbet.


Little suffers perforated ear drum

The Winnipeg Jets suffered an injury blow during their game against the New Jersey Devils when Bryan Little was hit hard in the side of the head. It has been confirmed since that Little suffered a perforated ear drum and is currently dealing with vertigo. Little has subsequently been placed on the injured reserve list. The Jets have said that they expect him to completely recover from the injury, but at this moment in time, they have no idea when that will be.

Paul Maurice, the Jets head coach, decided to call up Joona Luoto to cover Little while he is injured. The incident that caused Little’s injury took place in the third period. He took a hard shot to the side of the head. The shot caused a cut that required 30 stitches to close. Despite the severity of the injury, Little never lost consciousness and was awake and alert the whole time. The loss of Little could impact on the Jets, who lost the game against the Devils in a shootout. Little has two goals and three assists so far this season, but this is his second head injury after suffering a concussion earlier in the season.

In recent times, head injuries have become more and more important. That the Jets have decided to take action and attempt to keep Little out of action until he is fully recovered is a good sign. While it might hinder their performance this season, the health of the player has to come first.

Despite the injury to Little, the Jets are still the favourites for their next game against the Vancouver Canucks. You can get odds of 1.74 on a Jets win right here at Sportsbet 


The Blues are dealt a blow as Steen is out for four weeks

The Blues are on a six-game winning streak right now. It looks like no-one can stop them, especially after their Stanley Cup triumph last season, but the current line-up of injuries could take its toll. Alexander Steen came off near the end of the second period during the Blues’ win against the Oilers. He collided with Alex Chiasson and caused damage to his ankle in the process. This could be a big blow to the Blues as Steen is a vital component to their team. He has provided five assists already this season and over his career has been a regular provider of goals and assists.

The injury has caused a strain in his ankle that will see him out for at least four weeks. While an ankle strain may seem like a small injury, it is important to see it in the context of hockey. Ankle strength and flexibility is vital to be able to skate efficiently, and coming back too soon could see Steen causing more damage to his ankle and an even longer layoff. This injury comes after the Blues lost Vladimir Tarasenko for five months due to shoulder surgery. Blues fans will be hoping that they can survive the loss of talent and continue their current good form.

This is especially the case as the Blues are riding high at the top of the Central Division. Their current six-game winning streak has seen them fly right past the other teams in the division. They should manage to keep within touching distance of the other sides at the very least.

If you think that the Blues have a good enough roster to deal with their injury troubles, then a wager on them to win their next game could be a good choice. They are slight underdogs against the Calgary Flames, so you can get odds of 2.07 for them to win if you place your bet with us at Sportsbet.


Tyler Toffoli to become a free agent

It looks as though the Los Angeles Kings are going to decide against extending the deal of Tyler Toffoli. This will see the forward become a free agent before the deadline hits in February. Toffoli has been a consistent performer for the Kings over his career. He has spent nine years there – his entire career – and has hit more than 20 goals four times in his career, with one of those years seeing him score more than 30.

Toffoli has dipped in terms of performance over the last two seasons though. Last year, he hit just 13 goals, and so far this season, he has only scored three goals. There might possibly be an issue behind the scenes as Toffoli should be hitting his prime years now, so physical decline should not be impacting him. From his perspective, he will want to get a move as soon as possible, but the Kings might want to hold on to him for as long as possible in order to weigh up their options.

The Kings are the heavy underdogs against the Montreal Canadiens in their next match. Sitting at the bottom of the Pacific and playing away from home, no-one expects them to grab a win. If you think that they can beat the odds, then you can get odds of 2.43 on the Kings to win here at Sportsbet.


Following the NHL this season

The NHL is shaping up to provide some serious action this season. The big teams and players are performing and the hits seem harder than ever. If you want to follow the NHL markets properly, then there is only one place to be. Here at Sportsbet, we provide the best market and the most competitive odds. Make sure that you do not miss out on any NHL action this season by following it with us at Sportsbet.


Words: Josh Dixon

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